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Google's Mapping Contest Draws Ire From Indian Government

MickyTheIdiot oopsie... (86 comments)

Someone didn't get his bribe!

8 hours ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

MickyTheIdiot Re:What about the lunch ladies? (282 comments)

The only irreplaceable people have "president" or "vice-president" in their title.

about a week ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

MickyTheIdiot Re:Stephen Elop... (282 comments)

Soooo... by the end of next decade they are building a Linux distro.

The trick is that it will only run a version of Microsoft Office and almost nothing else. it will have a packing system that reboots the machine every 15 minutes, and have it's very own version of gcc that has tons of undocumented function calls.

about a week ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

MickyTheIdiot Re:This is just a repeat (282 comments)

Suddenly you forget that any filesystem other than NTFS exists.

You can't write code that works on any other OS.

You bow down to the great shrine of Gates.

You're screwed. Totally screwed.

about a week ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

MickyTheIdiot Re:laying off...but needs more H-1B's (282 comments)

Yeah, but "it's only business" purposefully ignores the fact that these are people, people that have kids in many cases. It also overlooks the fact that these people helped them make money hand over fist. Yeah, they are selling shitty products to Microsoft zombies in a lot of cases, but they still are people.

Yeah... they make the company money. Nothing is owed to them. Let the fuckers starve. Welcome to the US corporate jungle, where you're not allowed up in the tree to get a banana while the monkeys in suits shit on you.

about a week ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

MickyTheIdiot Re:I read that as RFID (282 comments)

Welcome to the TRULY disposable workforce. Do your 18 months then they Fargo your ass.

about a week ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

MickyTheIdiot Re:Double Hit to the local economy (282 comments)

WHO GIVES A SHIT!

Give them all the H1Bs they want for. Hell, give them twice what they ask for. Government is for the corporations, not the citizens, dummy!

about a week ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

MickyTheIdiot Re:Free market economy (528 comments)

Again... this isn't capitalism. Adam Smith talked about interactions among equals. Corporations have amassed so much power in the marketplace and in government that its far, far from that. This is the endgame of *corporate* capitalism.

about two weeks ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

MickyTheIdiot Re:Free market economy (528 comments)

You're forgetting the HUGE back-door corporate subsidy they get by putting workers on poverty wages and forcing them onto welfare.

about two weeks ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

MickyTheIdiot Re:Free market economy (528 comments)

This argument always comes from a corporate true-believer.

about two weeks ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

MickyTheIdiot Re:Free market economy (528 comments)

What a load of revisionist history B.S. Not a surprise no name was put with it.

about two weeks ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

MickyTheIdiot Re:H1Bs first? (300 comments)

So the asshole executives causing the problems are going to be let go? Celebration!

about two weeks ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

MickyTheIdiot Re:You don't need so many workers (300 comments)

I use a linux desktop for all my day-to-day stuff, both at home and at work. The desktop environments are either plane jane or way overdone, but they are adequate for doing work and that's a lot difference than 5 or 6 years ago. Excluding the braindead acceptance of Office file formats for a moment you *can* do your everyday business on linux. It's that Office lever that causes the most issue, and being an admin that isn't really an issue for me, of course.

about two weeks ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

MickyTheIdiot Re:You don't need so many workers (300 comments)

Watch your mouth. Broken microsoft products account for massive amount of I.T. payrolls world wide!

about two weeks ago
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Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

MickyTheIdiot Re:How about (385 comments)

How about you stop posting talking points you can't even back up with a single fact?

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

MickyTheIdiot Re:Can an "atheist company" refuse too? (1330 comments)

Healthcare is earned and part of pay. It is NOT paid for by the company. Another absurdity in this whole mess.

about a month ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

MickyTheIdiot Re:a few hundred years earlier than that (1330 comments)

Exactly. It is a good idea going completely out of control. I am for corporations having legal rights, but it was intended to be limited.

When you say corporations have the same legal rights as people, you're giving them the cake and letting them eat it, too. Saying they ARE people is a power grab, and all of a sudden there is no trade off for the idea of limited liability.

Again... the idea that corporations can have religion is absurd. The limited liability company makes profit their religion. The door is wide open for all types of abuse. The right wing anti-gay zealots are already lining up to use this decision to try to roll back civil rights gains.

about a month ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

MickyTheIdiot Re:Bad media coverage (1330 comments)

Chick-fil-A were attacked because they were openly bigoted.

about a month ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

MickyTheIdiot Re:Thou shalt not kill (1330 comments)

No. That cuts into Dick Cheney's scratch.

about a month ago

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One strike against No Fly List, more scrutiny to come.

MickyTheIdiot MickyTheIdiot writes  |  about a year ago

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "The Jurist reports: A judge for the US District Court for the District of Oregon ruled Wednesday that those placed on the US government's no-fly list have "a constitutionally-protected liberty interest in traveling internationally by air, which is affected by being placed on the No Fly List." The plaintiffs in the case are 13 US citizens who were denied boarding on flights over US air space after January 2009. Judge Anna Brown hasn't ruled on the constitutionality of the No Fly List yet, and has instructed the attorneys involved to present a roadmap for deciding the remaining issues, but the she has acknowledged that the No Fly List is as a major burden to those on the list and they have the right for that status to be reviewed."
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Facebook marks all Wordpress.com posts as spam during debate on NHS changes.

MickyTheIdiot MickyTheIdiot writes  |  about a year ago

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "Facebook seems to have stepped up to a new level (or low) of corporate censorship. The Wordpress.com blog Scriptonite Daily has been posting on bills being debated in the U.K. House of Commons that could cause a large amount of the U.K. National Health Services to be privatized. The debate has gotten surprisingly little coverage and has not been featured on BBC, Sky, or other U.K. media outlets. Facebook quickly started marking the post as spam and requiring to Captcha to share the article. Later it started to remove the share button completely for the article, and finally it started to remove the links to the NHS debate post itself as well as all the times it was shared. Facebook now seems to be adding spam messages to all Wordpress.com post links ("Facebook thinks this site may be unsafe. If you're not familiar with it, please provide feedback by marking it as spam"), and is starting to cause problems (like constant calls for Captcha) for other unrelated sites like Geoff Wessel's Atypical Comics."
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Hugo Awards UStream stopped for "copyright infringement"

MickyTheIdiot MickyTheIdiot writes  |  about 2 years ago

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "Viewers using UStream to watch the Hugo Awards ceremony on Sunday were surprised when Neil Gaiman's acceptance speech for his award for his "The Doctor's Wife" Doctor Who script was cut off by a message that said "Worldcon [the UStream account name] banned for copyright infringement." How in the world was a live awards show perpretrating copyright infringement? They weren't. Gaiman's speach was preceeded by clips of his episode and other clips nominated for this year's Hugo award, all of which were cleared to be used during the awards ceremony. However UStream's copyright bots killed the broadcast because the clips matched copyrighted material. There was no response from UStream about the problem and the stream was never able to be continued. As of now UStream has not even responded for to complaints about the stream being removed. DMCA fear strikes innocent people again!"
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"My Sister is the Zelda Gymnast... and she's a lifelong gamer."

MickyTheIdiot MickyTheIdiot writes  |  about 2 years ago

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "Of course we didn't get to see it in the US because of the #NBCfail, but many people were pleasantly surprised to hear one of gymnasts did her floor routine to a medley of Legend of Zelda theme songs. Kotaku has the story behind the gymnast and the routine."
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Why businesses hate free markets

MickyTheIdiot MickyTheIdiot writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "After this week of horrible disappointment with the FCC's limp-wristed handling of net neutrality, this Bloomburg Businessweek article sees through the smokescreen and calls out one of the biggest hypocrisies in the U.S. today: big businesses crying not wanting regulation in the name of the free market but making every effort to limit competition in any way possible (including capturing regulatory bodies so they can make up their own rules). With so many regulatory bodies captured by the industries they are supposed to regulate are we really still living in a free economy?"
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TSA Solution: ban electronics.

MickyTheIdiot MickyTheIdiot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "Part of TSA's great (read reactionary) solution to the dumb terrorist incident on Christmas: turn off wi-fi, TV, phones, and other communication devices in the last hour of flight. This is in addition to the other reactionary measures such as "not keeping items in your lap for the last hour of flight" and being escorted to the toilet. It is apparent our security in the U.S. is run by lunatics."
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Journals

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"Pirate Finder General"

MickyTheIdiot MickyTheIdiot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Wow. From BoingBoing: Secretary of State Peter Mandelson is planning to introduce changes to the Digital Economy Bill now under debate in Parliament. These changes will give the Secretary of State (Mandelson -- or his successor in the next government) the power to make "secondary legislation" (legislation that is passed without debate) to amend the provisions of Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (1988). What that means is that an unelected official would have the power to do anything without Parliamentary oversight or debate, provided it was done in the name of protecting copyright. This is corptocracy.

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